Excerpt: We know that a lot of important and interesting stuff has gone down since December last year, but consider this: the Sony BDP-S550 is an old hand at reviews, having been tested in that issue, and back then it cost £350. Barely half a year on, it's more than £100 cheaper than that, and there's no sign of it being replaced soon. That's by no means a bad thing.
Pros: Attractive styling, great Blu-ray picture, good upscaler, easy to use, price
Summary: Given that Sony pioneered the Blu-ray format, you'd expect it to have some pretty formidable hi-def resources at its disposal. There's the ubiquitous PlayStation 3 and entry-level BDP-S350 just to name a couple, but now it's time to cast an inquisitive eye over the latest addition to the Sony family: the BDP-S550. Black and blue It's a chunky, sturdy player blessed with an attractive glossy blue-black fascia and top panel.